{Home} The Speed of Light

After living there for over forty years, my grandparents moved out of their house when I was in college.  I made trips down to their house to help my mom clean it out and take things back to keep.  On one of the trips, I noticed the chandelier they had hanging in their master bedroom, and asked if I could have it.  The next time my dad went down with my mom, they brought it back.

And it sat in that box for many more years, until I had a place to install it.  Which I now do!

It was heavily coated in dust and needed a good cleaning, so I got to work.  I took it out of the box, and quickly had a helper to investigate (that’s one of my parents’ cats).

I noticed how the crystals were attached to the fixture, so I could put them back in the correct place after everything was all cleaned.

Taking the crystals off was easy.  I took two yogurt cups and added warm soapy water to soak the crystals (I’m hesitant to use anything that will be used for food after cleaning projects like this, which is why I re-purposed the yogurt cups).

I used a microfiber cloth with the same warm soapy water to clean the fixture.

It took less than an hour to clean the whole thing.  It’s amazing the powers that soapy water have!

But there was still the issue that this is at my parents’ house, and I needed to get it back to New York.  So I carefully rolled up the crystals, and put them in a cloth bag to carry onto my flight back to the city.

Now all that’s left is to reassemble the light and install it!

{House} Cord to Nowhere

Just like the phone cord ran up the wall (which–BTW–the phone works in its new home!), there was a mysterious cord running up the wall to nowhere in the dressing room.

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It went up one side, around the ceiling, and down the other side–both ends of which were cut!

This is the other box I referenced in my first house project.

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(I’m still not sure how to remove that box, as there was no obvious way for me to open it.)

Just like the phone cord, I cut the paint around the cord with a knife, and then pulled out the staples with pliers.  I guess I didn’t get cut the paint well enough (plus there was more paint on this cord than the phone cord) which resulted in more damage to the ceiling and wall than expected.

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Nothing that can’t be easily fixed before I paint!

{Home} Casper the Friendly Ghost Chair

I wanted to add a chair or stool to the dressing room, to help with putting on shoes, but also to be a catchall for items that get taken out of the closet and need to be put back.  Somewhere along the way, I found myself coveting a ghost chair.

Craigslist had a few for sale, but they were more than I wanted to spend, so when someone listed one for $35, I emailed them less than two hours after they posted it.  It’s not the fancy name brand, but it’s a clear acrylic all the same.

I sent this snapchat out to some friends as I returned from Brooklyn with my newest score.

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It’s probably not the strangest thing seen on the subway, but the man next to me was really into it!  He even wanted to take a picture of it.

And there it is in its new home!

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It might be a little big for that corner, so it’ll probably haunt different spots in my apartment before it rests in peace.

{Home} Color Conundrum

I can pick out the exact shade of my favorite color in two seconds flat, but picking a color for my walls has me stuck.  I read and bookmarked this post a few years ago, which suggested painting your rooms in shades of the same color.  I loved the idea then and couldn’t wait to try it out now!  I hope this color arrangement will add some more definition to what is ultimately one open space.

I picked out some paint strips in light neutral colors, and was able to narrow it down to one set, which is basically a long strip cut in half (see how the numbers are continuous?).

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Yes, technically these strips aren’t shades of the same color but slightly different colors that get progressively darker, but I think the idea still holds.

I was stuck on which lighter shade to use for the living room, and which darker shade to use for the entry way, dining area, and dressing room.  Luckily it’s pretty easy to get samples made.  I actually went back to get an additional sample since I still couldn’t make up my mind!

I ended up with three samples painted on the living room wall (left) and three on the dining room wall (right).

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The paint is from Benjamin Moore, and the colors for the living room are 856, 857, and 858, and for the other rooms are 858, 860, and 861 (listed in order as they appear on the wall).

There isn’t much light in my apartment, and the past few days have been cloudy, so it was hard to get a good picture of the samples.  Though I can tell you that the color appears very different depending on which wall the sample is on!  Right now, I think I’m leaning towards the lightest for the living room (856), and the lightest or middle for the other rooms (858 or 860).

I think I just need someone to come over and make the decision for me!  Any takers?  I’ll bake cookies or brownies! 😉

{Home} You’re So Vain

My apartment is so fancy, it has a separate dressing room!  There’s not much space, but as a lady, a room dedicated to dressing needs a mirror fit for the task!

I looked for large mirrors for a few months without any luck.  Either they’re too big or small, too expensive, or too difficult to get to my apartment (not having a car means everything has to be taken in a cab–which they don’t like, or a hired man-in-a-van thing).  I stumbled upon this mirror at Lowe’s, and it fit all the criteria!  I even had a $15 off coupon to Lowe’s because I moved (USPS sends you coupons when you forward your mail).

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About a week later it had arrived!  It feels both big (it’s 2.5 by 6 feet) and small (the doors are almost 7 feet tall) at the same time.

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But it does the job of making the room feel fancy and lets me check myself out.  I’m definitely feeling more vain with this around! 🙂

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